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In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'
Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein

Posted on 10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT by george76

Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles.

Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction.

The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor.

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MS-13 began among El Salvadoran refugees -– many of them young ex-soldiers –- who came to Los Angeles to escape civil war in their home country in the 1980s. Salvadorans congregated in large numbers in the Pico-Union neighborhood and the area near MacArthur Park, which is where the gang started.

Since then, MS-13 has spread into Central America and east as far as Washington, D.C., which has a large Salvadoran population.

Mara Salvatrucha has also behaved in far more sophisticated ways than a typical L.A. barrio street gang, with cells in El Salvador and other U.S. cities. It has also diversified into activities such as drug and human trafficking.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida; US: Nevada; US: New Mexico; US: Texas; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderwars; drugcartels; fmnl; japansyakuza; lamara; mara; marasalvatrucha; mexicoszetas; ms13; salvatrucha; sinola; yakuza; zetas

1 posted on 10/12/2012 7:21:39 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Destroy them


2 posted on 10/12/2012 7:25:30 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

8 Years too late. Not to mention, this is election year politics, nothing more, like a drone strike on a milk factory. Doesn’t amount to a hill of farts.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 7:27:06 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donate, & walk precincts, not for "Parties", but for individual, principled "Candidates" (& for FR)
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To: miliantnutcase

The headline must have been edited for I believe it should have written.....MS(nbc) has been labeled a street gang criminal organization


4 posted on 10/12/2012 7:33:26 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: george76

The drug gang Obama and Holder favor - the one the United States gave the guns to in Fast and Furious? Which ones are they? Shall we assume this bunch didn’t come through for ... for .... who was that again?


5 posted on 10/12/2012 7:35:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: george76

Well, well...isn’t THIS a case of the pot calling the kettle black? The criminal federal government calling another oppressive “organization” criminal...how rich...


6 posted on 10/12/2012 7:44:42 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: GOPJ

What were they before?

Community organizers?


7 posted on 10/12/2012 8:32:24 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67; george76; GOPJ

Previously they were a ‘group of illegals’ that Napolitano the skunk-haired and the rest of the gang were pandering to.
Wonder whose relative was raped/murdered to get them to finally list MS-13 as a problem?


8 posted on 10/12/2012 8:50:52 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: george76

But is the Sinaloa Cartel still receiving Presidential Protection?


9 posted on 10/12/2012 9:06:05 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Darksheare
Wonder whose relative was raped/murdered to get them to finally list MS-13 as a problem?

Or maybe there was a kickback scam and MS-13 quit paying. With liberals it's hard to know... and if we asked them they would roll their eyes or smirk or make a face. Too superior to answer a question honestly...

10 posted on 10/12/2012 9:09:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: Uncle Miltie
But is the Sinaloa Cartel still receiving Presidential Protection?

In Chicago 'protection' is given - for a price. I wonder what the deal was...

11 posted on 10/12/2012 9:16:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Must be and note no word from congress.


12 posted on 10/12/2012 9:42:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: GOPJ

Or when caught between two lies, they run like Ben LeBolt.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2943809/posts


13 posted on 10/12/2012 9:45:30 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: george76

Detain them, check for the telltale tattoo, and if have, blow their brains out and roll em into the gutter.


14 posted on 10/12/2012 9:47:54 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: george76

And they didn’t do this years ago because?


15 posted on 10/12/2012 10:00:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (That was sarcasm, you moron.)
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To: catman67

I thought they were already listed as a terrorist group.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 6:45:11 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: george76; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks george76.
Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction... Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan's Yakuza and Mexico's Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran refugees...

17 posted on 10/12/2012 6:46:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: george76

They’re Marxist terrorists, not common street criminals.


18 posted on 10/12/2012 6:47:00 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: george76

Horse - Barn - Door


19 posted on 10/12/2012 6:47:23 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: SunkenCiv

OCTOBER 31, 2004 : (REPORT: AL QAEDA’S OPERATIVE ADNAN EL SHUKRIJUMAH HAS HOOKED UP WITH SALVADORAN GROUP MS-13 aka MARA SALVATRUCHA - POSSIBLY RELATED TO BIN LADEN THREAT TAPE?) -———”FULL TAPE AN OSAMA A WOE SHOW,” by Niles Lathem, New York Post, 10/31/04, http://www.nypost.com/news/nationalnews/33063.htm VIA 5 posted on 03/01/2005 12:14:55 AM PST by XHogPilot


20 posted on 10/12/2012 6:51:58 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: george76

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1314357/posts


21 posted on 10/12/2012 7:10:00 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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